Artist Lights Up Against COVID for MARCH 2020 NYC Exhibition

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ConTEMPO 2020 NYC Innovations Art Exhibit ▪ Fall/ Season #4. A Solo Exhibition of Translucent Mixed Media Works by Michael Victor ▪ MVR Ruggiero, a New York City Artist and New York State Registered Landscape Architect (RLA).

ConTEMPO 2020 NYC Innovations

This exhibit developed in response to the Covid-19 crisis in NYC unfolding daily right outside gallery windows.

Artist lights up. It was MARCH! 2020

Exhibited works in ‘ConTEMPO 2020' developed in response to the Covid-19 crisis in NYC unfolding daily right outside exhibition gallery windows. Starting amid Women’s History Month, Artist MVR lights up with the spirit of caregiving and activism associated with it. It was M·A·R·C·H! 2020.

Presented by OnTheFringeNYC ( | 72 Warren St. Gallery, 'ConTempo 2020 NYC INNOVATIONS' is a solo exhibition of translucent mixed media works by Michael Victor ▪ MVR, a New York artist. Exhibition dates are September 19-30, 2020. Open Tuesday–Sunday 12pm-8pm and by appointment, the exhibition is viewable from storefront window at all hours. In addition, videos of current & upcoming works are projected large onto the back wall nightly for street-viewing until 12am.

Due to COVID-19, this exhibition will not have an opening event. Gallery follows all NYC D.O.H. guidelines on occupancy, social distancing, and cleanliness. Masks required for entry.

TEMPO 2020 INNOVATIONS (Timeline) March through September 2, 2020

WINTER ▪ MARCH 6___#LSCP Catalogue & #SheroesNY Series
The exhibit began as a 2-week engagement to show MVR’s extra-large #LSCP (Landscape) Pastels. Chief among them was the 2019 triptych titled 'The Landscape of 21C Lady Liberty', which laid the groundwork for related works to establish his #SheroesNY Series. Themes are such women’s issues as domestic violence, MeToo and the long-awaited Equal Rights Amendment.

In describing 2019's 'What Don’t You Understand About No!', MVR wrote, "MeToo drove home the sheer bravery and mettle of women, individually and collectively, that brought hard-fought, long-overdue change in workplaces globally. All marks of heroism in act and results.”

SPRING ▪ MARCH 13-15___Backlit Fine Art Canvas of LED LIBERTIES (3) & 'ERA-4 Now' Works
During the weekend of NYC’s Covid-19 Lockdown, MVR advanced 4 SheroesNY works by backlighting the archival canvas print of each -- eventually with LED color strips. He developed a 5th work, 'Now We Are All United MARCH! 2020', to express the global ascent of Covid-19 and mark the historic Spring of 2020. He fine-tuned each canvas pictorially to 16 distinct RGB colors at their brightest. Pinpointing nuanced changes by illuminated light on original pastel color became subject of serious artistic investigation throughout Spring 2020. The results are stronger artworks on the canvases themselves, and gaining 16+ distinct artworks through each translucent canvas color.

APRIL-MAY___Downlit LED Color on #LSCP Catalogue Works
MVR saw that downlit LED colors on #LSCP Pastels on paper have similar provocative, stirring effects, their protective Plexiglas adding diffuse ‘sfumato’ effect on the LED light rays. Natural features – sky, trees, water, stars -- within the works become animated by simple transitions in LED color, similar to what transpires in real landscapes. Given that ‘mood’ of real or painted landscapes -- owing to varying light conditions --is always changing, LED color pushes the limit of dramatic mood shifts on artistic works.

When works downlit with LED color are combined with LED backlit canvases, the gallery becomes a kaleidoscope of dynamic yet harmonious color, when random or set more uniform. These night views raise the question: why limit art and appreciation of it solely to daytime hours and brightly-lit interiors of museums and galleries -- given that half our lives are spent in, or alongside, darkness of night?

SUMMER ▪ JULY 4___#Zo-omBoxNY
When MVR saw his microscopic ‘pxims’ project to 9’ high with startling success, he began Zo-omBoxNY to show videos of upcoming works. Visitors of 'ConTEMPO 2020' can look in storefront windows and see these videos safely while practicing social distancing from the spacious streetscape along Warren St. Access to the gallery is very easy on foot, by bike path, car, and subway.

All artworks in the exhibit are available for sale. To help with the pandemic MVR and Fringe Owner, Afrim Jashiri, agreed to donate 15% of sales to NYC Hospital Covid-19 Relief Fund. Says MVR, “I thank Afrim for his support and the opportunity to exhibit here. The space in essence became my exhibition 'laboratory’ during these first 6 months of the pandemic.”

Exhibition Series are organized by keywords in Google Search Images and by hashtags on Instagram @mvr_xlworks, FB @mvr.xlworks, and

About Artist Michael Victor ▪ MVR
NYS Landscape Architect & pxImpressionist Artist
MVR developed as a Painter and Pastel Artist during a long career as a Landscape Architect. Keyword links below are to marquee Lower Manhattan projects he led nearby 72 Warren St. The two creative disciplines that very naturally went hand-in-hand eventually merged. The result is the ‘▪XL Process’ that create his ▪XL Works on exhibit inside gallery windows.

▪XL Process: By-Hand microscopic pxIm-pressions/pxims are refined by #pxPaint, magnified, and brought to light of day on ‘Zo-om’ Print media in entire works, then hand-finished. More at aka On video: FBIG Shorts 2020 Vimeo. “With Covid-19, the power of what we can’t see readily --like pxims-- is undeniable. With pxims of 2020 Works, I felt I was fighting fire with fire, with a sense of urgency.”

'Peter Minuit Landscape’ __Plaza at Staten Island Ferry/ MTA South Ferry Station
'9A NYC Landscape’ __West Street Promenade along National 9/11 Memorial

Gallery owner says, ‘MVR is a creative powerhouse who we are proud to partner with. Over the past 6 months we witnessed meticulous advances of #SheroesNY works, and the physical transformation of the 72 Warren Gallery, which is at the very core of our mission. We contribute to NYC Arts in many way to foster innovation; MVR embodies it.”

About OnTheFringeNYC | 72 Warren St. Gallery
72 Warren is a storefront space that might seem off the beaten path, but it brings together creativity and art in a way that transforms time and place. A space for creative professionals to have Art Exhibitions, Retail events, Book Launches and more, the team at 72 Warren St. finds that “creativity begets creativity.” Comprised of artists, stylists, and building tradesmen, since 2008 Mr. Jashari’s team has placed art and retail clients in short-term spaces in Manhattan and Chicago.

MVR Art |72 Warren St. Gallery
72 Warren St.
New York, New York 10007

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